Good Bye Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting at a training session at the Ade...
Ricky Ponting at a training session at the Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At a time when cricket is passing through a critical stage of its history and  losing some of its charm as a result of match fixing and other scandals, another legend is saying goodbye to cricket. According to news reports, Australian batting great and captain Ricky Ponting has left the cricket field forever. Ponting announced his retirement from all types of cricket before the series with South Africa. Ricky Ponting scored 13,000 runs in Test cricket, which is the second highest after Sachin Tendulkar of India. Those who follow cricket consider him the second greatest batsman in Australian cricket history after Sir Donald Bradman. Ponting’s remarkable performance has surpassed that of  former captains Steve Waugh and Allan Border. In his captaincy Australia won two World Cup crowns.  Ponting scored a remarkable century in the World Cup final against India. Although he scored just eight runs in his last innings against South Africa in Perth, he is the only player after Sachin Tendulkar to have scored more than 13,000 runs, and he was master in under pressure cricket. Ponting’s career was neat and clean just like his performance on the field, and despite the long years of his career, he was never involved in a scandal. 

Australia will find it hard to replace him and cricket has lost one of its superstars which is very unfortunate.
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ

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Fall of Cricket in Asia.

20 December, 2012 

Recent events in Cricket show that like other sports graph of cricket is also falling in Asian countries. Some years ago it was dream for any country to won series in subcontinent on spin wickets but recent defeats of Sri Lanka and now India have completely changed course of cricket in subcontinent. Only last month Sri Lanka lost series against Australia it was first win of Australian team on Sri Lankan soil. After retirement of key players specially spin wizard Murali Dharan Sri Lanka is struggling with new players.
India also lost series against England after twenty eight years England won test series against India on Indian soil. Trott and Bell complete England historic revival and England captain declared recent success against India more than won in famous Ashes between Australia and England. India is also struggling after retirement of Dravid, Luxman and other key players. True reality is that introduction of T20, IPLs and commercialization of cricket in subcontinent is main cause of poor performance of young payers in test cricket. After increasing trend of IPls and T20 players are still not able to adjust themselves in Test cricket environment. Famous innings of Hanif Mohammed, Sunil Gawasker, Javed Mindad, Saeed Anwar, Arvinda Disilva and Rana Tunga have become dream for cricket fans in subcontinent which is very unfortunate.
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ
Jeddah

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London Olympics

London Olympics
The recent performance of the sub-continental countries in the London Olympics has proved that the graph of sports for these countries has fallen to a new low, just as they have been inept in other fields of life. Pakistan’s 23-member squad could not get a single medal in any event. The hockey team lost an important match against Australia by 7-0 and the performance of other athletes was also below average. India’s population is more than the US but the Indian squad managed to get only three medals. The Indian hockey team got 12th position on the points table. Political influence, non-merit and poor training facilities are the main causes of the poor performance of athletes and hockey players. Most of the appointments in key sports are politically motivated. Developing countries exhibit poor training facilities and those athletes and players who come from poor areas do not even get financial support from the government. Cricket being a popular and money minting sport in Pakistan and India, the governments of both countries pay little or no attention to other sports. The pity is that many a poor and small African country managed to get medals in racing and other indoor sports events. Because of a lack of governmental support, poor training facilities, financial difficulties and poor playing stamina, players and athletes were unable to compete with the US, African, South American, Chinese and European players.
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ,
Jeddah, August 15.

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Global warming

Global warming ubx
 
According to media reports people of New York City and much of the US East Coast braced themselves for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. New York City shut down its mass transit system, closed its schools and ordered hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes Sunday in the face of dire predictions about the hurricane.
According to initial warnings, it could be the largest storm – with a diameter of more than 1,500 kilometers when measured by the extent of damaging-force winds — to hit the United States. The storm sheer size and power not the intensity at its core poses the gravest danger. Seven thousand flights around the city have already canceled or rescheduled. On the instructions of city Mayor Michael Bloomberg 375,000 people are migrating from low lying areas to high areas.

Due to the global warming, we are seeing worst kinds of flooding, hurricanes and droughts in many countries. Not only poor countries but rich countries are also a paying a high price for natural disasters. Now from China to Russia and Australia to the US, no one is safe. Only month ago more than half million population migrated from flood affected areas of China, just days ago Russia also witnessed its worst floods of its recent history.

Last year floods in Australia destroyed thousands of acres of land and homes. Unfortunately despite growing global warming and increasing natural disasters, world community has failed to control raising temperature of earth which is main cause of this type of disasters and ordinary people are falling victims. Due to selfishness of big powers, last global summit failed to bring about any positive change and big powers are still blaming each other for raising level of carbon on earth. Record numbers of floods and hurricanes are adding to woes of already weak world economy. Only combined efforts of modern world can minimize these natural disasters.

— Khawaja Umer Farooq, Jeddah

      

 

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Downfall of subcontinent’s cricket

 

ARAB NEWS
Wednesday 19 December 2012
Last Update 18 December 2012 5:00 pm
Recent events in cricket show that like other sports graph of cricket is also falling in Asian countries. Some years ago it was dream for any country to win series in the subcontinent on spinning tracks but recent defeats of Sri Lanka and now India have completely changed the course of cricket in the subcontinent.
Only last month Sri Lanka lost a series against Australia it was first win of Australian team on Sri Lankan soil. After retirement of key players specially spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka is struggling with new players. India also lost a Test series against England on its soil after 28 years. Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell completed England’s historic revival.
England captain Alastair Cook rated his side’s historic 2-1 Test series win in India every bit as special as their 2010-11 Ashes success in Australia. India is also struggling after retirement of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and other key players. I believe that the introduction of T20, IPLs and commercialization of cricket in the subcontinent is the main cause of poor performance of young payers in Test cricket.
After playing a number of T20 matches players are not able to adjust themselves to the Test cricket environment. Famous innings of Hanif Mohammed, Sunil Gavaskar, Javed Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Arvinda de silva and Arjun Ranatunga have become dream for cricket fans in the subcontinent which is very unfortunate. 

 Khawaja Umer FarooqJeddah